Windows 8 tablets and PCs begin to trickle out

Contrary to what you might have read, many Windows 8 computers are available now, with several more to come

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I count 10 different small computers -- tablets, convertibles, Ultrabooks, and otherwise -- that are ready for Windows 8, not five. They're all available now in the United States, although one of the Surface RT versions was out of stock for a couple of weeks right around launch time.

Plenty of new designs won't make it in time for the holidays. A host of IdeaPad Yoga 13 versions ($999 for i3 with $100 discount) will be out early next year. The Lenovo ThinkPad 2 ($699, keyboard extra) won't ship until next year. The Asus VivoTab TF810C is running late, as well as the HP Envy x2 Touchscreen.

Six weeks ago, when Windows 8 hit General Availability, Galen Gruman put together a slideshow that featured innovative Windows 8 hardware designs. Here's where they stand, as we head into the final holiday shopping sprint:

  • Lenovo ThinkPad Twist: Available now in the Microsoft Store
  • Asus Taichi, the two-screen marvel: Not yet in stores. Lots of rumors about availability and price, no facts
  • Acer Aspire S7: Available now in Microsoft Store
  • HP ElitePad 900 with Productivity Jacket: Currently expected to launch the first week in January; Emirates Airline has already ordered a thousand of them for cabin crew
  • Dell XPS 12 with rotating wire frame: Available now on the Dell site
  • Toshiba Satellite U925t: Available now from many retailers
  • Panasonic AX series: There were sightings in October, but no solid news since

While Windows 8 certainly isn't driving up PC sales, and I expect the Metro Grinch to steal Christmas, the problem doesn't lie with availability of Windows 8 machines. There are plenty of them -- and many innovative designs are in the mix.

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